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Kiwis beat Scotland in rain-hit tie

NEW Zealand romped to a seven-wicket victory over Scotland in a rain-shortened Twenty20 World Cup Group D match at The Oval yesterday.

The match was reduced to seven overs a side after steady morning rain and Scotland gave the Kiwis some anxious moments while compiling a competitive 89 for four.

Ross Taylor's unbeaten 21 saw New Zealand through.

Scotland made an impressive 89 for four thanks to rapid innings from Kyle Coetzer (33) and Ryan Watson and Navdeep Poonia, who both made 27. But in the end its bowling could not quite match its batting, with the Kiwis getting home with an over to spare.

That meant they avoided the embarrassment suffered by hosts England, beaten by the Netherlands in Friday's tournament opener at Lord's, of losing to a minor cricket nation.

Brendon McCullum, captaining in place of the injured Daniel Vettori, began the pursuit of the 90 New Zealand needed by striking four fours from Calum McLeod as 19 runs in all came off the first over.

Jesse Ryder continued the assault by launching Craig Wright for two huge sixes. But after a run of four successive boundaries, the left-hander holed out to McLeod off Wright.

Then 51 for one became 59 for two when McCullum was run out for 18 after a huge mix-up with Taylor.

Jacob Oram was given a reprieve when Gordon Drummond dropped a miscued effort and knocked the ball on four. But next delivery the giant all-rounder holed out off Watsom whose lone over cost just four runs.

That left New Zealand 68 for three.

New Zealand got the target down to 22 off 12 balls but then scored the runs it needed in just one over from medium-pacer Stander, who had two sixes scored off him by Taylor and one by Scott Styris.

The Scots made a blistering start with the bat. They plundered 18 runs off the first over with Zimbabwe-born and South Africa-raised Watson striking four fours off Iain O'Brien.


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